Leeds today: mountains, economics, music, Bramley Baths, cancer research & a Roller.

Today’s BGL is brought to you by journalism trainees from Leeds Trinity University College who’ll be doing Thursdays & Fridays for the next couple of weeks. Today’s writers are Nikki Mitchell & Faye Dobson.

A Rolls-Royce owned by Sir Jimmy Savile is being shown at a Leeds car dealership before it is auctioned in aid of charity (YEP). The rare car is only one out of a handful that were made to celebrate the end of Rolls-Royce’s production.

Ed Balls is backing a Morley campaigner who wants raise the status of brain tumour research – the disease her husband died from. The Shadow Chancellor and MP for Morley had a meeting with Christine Mabbett after she and representatives from brain tumour organisations lobbied the government.

Students from a Leeds school have been ranked in the top ten best for admissions to Oxbridge universities in the country (YEP).

The sound of Latin America is coming to South Leeds, blogs the Guardian Northerner, as a successful educational system from Venezuela will be used in cities across the North of England. Opera North will be working with Windmill primary school, South Leeds, and aims to transform the pupils’ ambitions and their learning outcomes through music.

One of Yorkshire’s oldest swimming pools is to stay open after it was threatened when its opening hours were cut due to government funding cuts. At a meeting last night it was announced that Bramley Baths will become community run and continue to provide leisure services. (Eds note: We’ve been following the Bramley Baths campaign since it has started running and we’re very proud to be supporters of the endeavour. We’re really excited to see what comes next at this fantastic resource.)

Four teenage musicians from Leeds will play at Leeds Festival after winning a battle of the bands at the O2 Academy Leeds. The competition the four sixteen-year-old members of Glassbody won was in aid of a children’s hospice.

On another musical note, Radio Aire’s rescheduled Party in the Park takes place this weekend. Residents of Leeds applied for 5,000 free tickets to see big name chart stars like Tulisa and One Direction. It amazes me they don’t get more applicants each year. If that’s not your thing “puppet porn” musical Avenue Q is in town until Saturday. Check out the Culture Vulture review.

With a new arena on the way you’d think things were on the up for Leeds but not according to a report in the YEP about the regional economic outlook. It’s ok though – Sat Nav for the Soul’s blog on robbing bank managers will cheer you up…

And the problems don’t end there – it’s all rubbish rubbish rubbish on Fix my Street.

So let’s end on a high note – literally. Look; it’s local blogger & political operative Dave Naylor on top of a mountain! Lovely. (Ed: see comment below as to who is on the photo! But we all love mountains, don’t we?)

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One Response to Leeds today: mountains, economics, music, Bramley Baths, cancer research & a Roller.

  1. Dave Naylor says:

    Can I just add, I took the picture of my bro-in-law and father-in-law, I was holding the camera whinging my head off at what they’d made me do!

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